1. Don’t go overboard: Some messy topknots might look so intricate, you’ll be tempted to buy all sorts of hair tools to re-create the look at home — don’t. A hair band and some pins are all that you need. After all, the beauty of the topknot is in its simplicity, so don’t go about trying to make it too fancy.
2. Skip the hairbrush: Put down the hairbrush. When it comes to topknots, your fingers are your best tool. Use them to brush your strands into a high pony and hold into place — they’ll give you more volume and texture at the crown.
3. Embrace dirty: No clean strands allowed. It always looks best if the hair isn’t freshly clean. Aim to wash it the evening before and sleep in it— this will give you a nice texture to work with. Or, just keep it a coupla days dirty!
4. Tousle and tease: To really get the messy texture you want, tousle your strands before pulling them up. You can use a texturizing spray — just spritz and scrunch.
5. Consider the height: You might be tempted to really go for it and place the topknot super high on your head, but avoid this, or you’ll end up looking like a naked troll doll. You should be able to see your topknot when looking in the mirror, but it should still be at the highest point of the back of your head.
6. Twist, then pin: The last part is both the easiest, and most difficult. After you have your hair gathered, just twist it around and secure at the base with an elastic, or a scrunchy. Fluff out a few strands, and spray once again with texture spray, if needed. Then, grab your hair pins and clean up any too-wild strands. You can gently pull the topknot away from your head to give it a messier look, as well as pull out some strands near your crown to add more volume. Voila!